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Amazon developing secret home robot

Amazon has reportedly been working in secret to create a home robot.

The online retail company, which already uses robots inside its warehouses, is developing a robot that will carry out menial tasks for its customers.

According to Bloomberg, several inside sources at Amazon have confirmed the company is secretly building an artificially intelligent home robot.

Amazon's new home robot project - which is thought to have been in development for a few years - is said to be codenamed 'Vesta'.

The team is reportedly being led by Gregg Zehr, the head of Amazon's Lab126 hardware research and development unit, in Sunnyvale, California.

Amazon's Lab126 site is currently advertising for several Software Engineers specialising in Robotics, as well as a "Senior Applied Robotics Scientist" and a "Principle Sensors Engineer".

Max Paley, a former Apple executive, is reportedly leading the work on vision.

Early home robot prototypes feature advanced cameras and computer vision software that allow them to navigate around furniture and doorways without bumping into things.

According to the insiders, Amazon plans to start testing the robot in the homes of certain Amazon employees by the end of the year, with a view to marketing the AI device by 2019.

It is not yet known what type of tasks 'Vesta' will be able to perform, but it is thought to be a mobile version of Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa, that could possibly allow it to perform basic chores.

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